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If embracing pale isn’t your idea of beauty, not to worry, with a little practice and our application tips you'll be on your way to a sun-kissed glow without the kiss of death from getting a tan by the sun.
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It's an undisputed fact: Using a self-tanner is the only way to get a tan without putting your skin at the mercy of the sun's skin-damaging and cancer-causing UV rays. But as anyone who has used a self-tanner can tell you, achieving a uniform, bronzed glow isn't as easy as it looks. It can actually be downright tricky, especially for the uninitiated. If you don't know how to apply self-tanner you can end up with streaky lines of brown, or blotchy, orange skin.
These application tips will go a long way to helping you achieve a natural-looking tan, but they don't come with a guarantee. It's all a matter of experimentation and finding the method that gives you the best results. The most imperative piece of advice we can leave you with is do not go overboard with self-tanner. Looking like an orange Oompa Loompa is far worse than being pale ever could be (and you don't have to be tan to have beautiful skin anyway)! For The Paula's Choice Research Team's reviews of the best self-tanners on the market, including Paula's very own SUN 365 Self-Tanning Foam, visit Beautypedia.
Learn more about what the sun is doing to your skin and how you can prevent it. See our sunscreen infographic.
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Paula Begoun is the best-selling author of 20 books on skin care and makeup. She is known worldwide as the Cosmetics Cop and creator of Paula's Choice. Paula's expertise has led to hundreds of appearances on national and international television including:
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